Kosher Bordeaux Wine The Complete Guide

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There is a long history of producing Kosher Bordeaux wine. However, due to the difficulty of production and a lack of demand, Kosher Bordeaux wine remains a niche product. A myriad of chateaux in every region has endeavored to produce Kosher Bordeaux wine from time to time. Some estates continue to make a small amount of Kosher wine, other properties have only made a Kosher Bordeaux in a single vintage.

Kosher Bordeaux wine is produced all over the Bordeaux appellation. Chateaux in the Left Bank, Pessac Leognan, Pomerol, St. Emilion, Sauternes and the various Satellite regions all make Kosher Bordeaux. Several Kosher Bordeaux wines comes from the Entre Deux Mers appellations in The Right Bank. Numerous Bordeaux chateaux have made Kosher wine. In fact, at various times, almost 50 different estates have made Kosher Bordeaux wine. While there are some large 1855 Classified Growths that make Kosher Bordeaux wine, most of the estates producing Kosher Bordeaux wine are small. In fact, the majority of estates that producer Kosher Bordeaux wine sell their wine as generic AOC Bordeaux.

Simply put, for a Bordeaux wine to be Kosher, the production of the wine during the vinification process must at least observe the Sabbath or even better, be a Rabbi. Plus, all the ingredients used during the vinification also need to be Kosher, for example, the yeast needed for the fermentation and the egg whites for the fining. Before we get further in this explanation, it’s important to note, that because grapes are a product of nature, the need for Kosher supervision does not take place until the vinification begins.

To produce Kosher Bordeaux wine, it would appear that you have two main issues revolving around additives to the wine which can lead to Bordeaux wine that is Kosher to drink, but not Kosher for Passover. The inverse is impossible, as Kosher for Passover wines are innately kosher all year round. The reason is, Passover wine for observant Jews has its own set of rules starting with that for Passover, leavened products, or leavening agents are forbidden. This can be a problem for many wine makers. The second issue is Kitniyos, which is a Jewish law stating that any food substances that resemble any of the five grains that are produced by leavening cannot be eaten on Passover.

Yeast is of course required for fermentation, as yeasts are needed for the process of turning grapes into sugar which makes the wine. Grain yeast cannot be used for Passover, which is why observant Jews do not any leavened bread or similar grains during the Passover holidays. Naturally, some yeasts are a problem. However, it is perfectly fine to use either wild, natural yeasts during the fermentation process or special Kosher yeasts. Some acids can also pose problems, as well as certain sugars, tannins and fining agents.

Once the chateau has made it that far, it gets more difficult. Only an Orthodox Sabbath observant Jew is allowed to handle the grape must, juice, wine and French oak barrels. Only an Orthodox Sabbath observant Jew is allowed take care of the elevage process, (Pumpovers, Racking etc.) and to handle the wine during the blending and bottling as well. These additional expenses have made producing Kosher Bordeaux too expensive several estates, which is why several chateaux have stopped making Kosher Bordeaux wine. For more detail on Kosher and Mevushal wine, please read the Guide to Kosher Wine

For very observant Jews, as you now know, not only did the wine maker need to be a Rabbi or Sabbath observant Jew, the person or sommelier serving the wine must also be a Rabbi or Sabbath observant Jew. If a Rabbi or Sabbath observant Jewish person was not involved and available to supervise the wine making process and the serving, then the winemaker can opt to use a flash pasteurization process, heating the wine to between to between 180 to 195 degrees for a short time, which makes the wine fine for dinners requiring a Kosher wine. This is called Mevushal.

When looking for a Kosher Bordeaux wine, to make sure the bottle you are buying is Kosher, read the back label. It will either state in writing that the wine is certified Kosher, and or can also display the letter K for Kosher, or P, stating that the wine is fit for service during the Passover holiday.

This is a list of all the chateau that have produced, or currently make Kosher Bordeaux wine. Not every estate on the list continues to make Kosher Bordeaux wine. You should check with your local wine merchant, or ask the specific estate to see if they have Kosher wine available, should the need arrive to purchase Kosher Bordeaux wine.

d’Arveyres Kosher Bordeaux Superieur

Tour Baldoz St. Emilion

Barons Edmund and Benjamin de Rothschild Haut Medoc

Baron Bastis Bordeaux

Bellerives Dubois Cotes de Blaye

de Bonfils Bordeaux

du Cavalier Denis Lafon Bordeaux

Le Petit Chaban Bordeaux

La Clare Medoc

La Colonne Lalande de Pomerol

Delagrave Entre deux Mers

L’Eperon Bordeaux

Figeac St. Emilion

Filius St. Emilion

Giscours Margaux

Greysac Medoc

Gruaud Larose Sarget de Gruaud Larose Saint Julien

Guiraud Sauternes

Haut Condissas Haut Medoc

De Jad Medoc

Jaumard Bordeaux

Labegorce Margaux

Lafon Rochet St. Estephe

La Cheze Cotes de Bordeaux

Le Bourdieu Medoc

Le Crock Saint Estephe

Le Petit Chaban Bordeaux

Leoville Poyferre St. Julien

Leydet-Valentin St. Emilion

Malartic Lagraviere Pessac Leognan

Malmaison Baronne Nadine de Rothschild Moulis

Martignas Graves

Marquisat de Binet Cuvee Abel

Matras Saint Emilion

de Montage Bordeaux Montagne St. Emilion

Moulin du Chateau la Clide Saint Emilion

Moulin Riche Saint Julien

de Parsac Montagne St. Emilion

Piada Barsac

Pontet Canet Pauillac

Quinault L’Enclos La Fleur de Quinault St. Emilion

du Quint Lalande de Pomerol

Rauzan-Gassies Margaux

Les Remparts de Bastor Sauternes

Les Riganes Medoc Bordeaux

Roc de Boissac Puisseguin Saint Emilion

Rollan de By Medoc

Roses Camille Pomerol

Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac Leognan

Tertre Daugay St. Emilion

Teyssier Saint Emilion

Thenac Bergerac

La Tonnelle Haut Medoc

Tour Saint-Laurent Haut Medoc

Tour Seran Medoc

Valandraud St. Emilion

de Valois Pomerol

Virginie de Valandraud Saint Emilion